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Evergrind E202 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal In-depth Review

Emerson Electric is a global technology and engineering company that provides innovative solutions to diverse industries. InSinkErator is a division of Emerson Electric that specializes in food waste disposers and hot water dispensers primarily for residential use. That’s why their food disposers look almost the same.

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Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Emerson Evergrind E202 1/2-Horsepower Garbage Disposal sitting on a platform with other disposal units in the background.

Overall Verdict

The Emerson Evergrind E202 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal could be a reliable appliance if its strong metal construction and generous chamber capacity did not have to compensate for the ineffective motor. Its lack of verticality and the absence of a removable splash guard also limit its overall performance compared to more modern models.

Considering the product’s subpar performance results and current price, there is a range of better options available.

Things We Like

  • High capacity
  • Compact design
  • External unjam mechanics

Things We Don’t Like

  • Subpar performance
  • Heavy build
  • Non-removable splash guard
  • Loud operation

The Evergrind E202 and the InSinkErator Badger 5 have similar designs, with the same body casing but different colors. They also have nearly identical specifications, from their grinding layout to their motors. The Emerson E202 appears to be robust and well-constructed, much like the Badger 5. As a result, despite its power rating, the E202 is relatively heavy.

Key Specs

Type of feed
Continuous
Horsepower
1/2
Motor type
Induction
Averaged RPM
1480
Family size
1-2 people
Dimensions
L4.8 xW6.3 x H11.5 inches

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Compared to Other Garbage Disposals


Analysis and Test Results

1.0 Performance

The Evergrind E202 1/2-hp garbage disposal failed two out of three tests and barely passed the one with passable results. The disposal even overheated more than once during the process. It seemed to do okay with easy-to-grind foods (fruit slices, for example) in small amounts but tough fruit peels—like lemon peels—could easily give the disposal a hard time.

Failed Scrap Mix

Evergrind E202 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal Scrap Mix Test
6.91 ounces of fish pin bones in mess of assorted scraps from garbage disposal on digital scale on granite-looking top.
16.69 ounces of ground products from garbage disposal on digital scale on granite-looking table.
6.15 ounces of miscellaneous materials from garbage disposal on digital scale on granite-looking table
Input Load
90.0 oz (2551 g)
Time
4 min
Layer 1
6.9 oz (196 g)
Layer 2
16.7 oz (473 g)
Leftovers
6.2 oz (174 g)

During the course of the run, the Evergrind E202 overheated once mid-session. Because the disposal wasn’t efficient, we had to let it run for the whole 4 minutes in the hope that it still might bring the input materials down to a passable amount. Our efforts, however, were in vain. Judging by the leftovers, the lemon peels appeared to be the ones that brought the machine to a halt as the motor shut down due to overheating.

Failed Raw Fish Scraps

Evergrind E202 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal Raw Fish Scraps Test
3.52 ounces of visible pin bones in a mass of raw meat and skin from fish scraps on digital scale on granite-looking top.
 3.14 ounces of visible pin bones in a mass of raw meat and skin from fish scraps on digital scale on granite-looking top.
7.32 ounces of broken fish vertebrae and shredded fish skin on digital scale on granite-looking top.
Input Load
49.4 oz (1400 g)
Time
3 min
Layer 1
3.5 oz (100 g)
Layer 2
3.1 oz (89 g)
Leftovers
7.3 oz (208 g)

Unsurprisingly, the E202 failed to process raw fish remains too. Being the toughest test in our procedures, the test has even challenged low-tier high-power units. The disposal and its humble specs simply aren’t meant to deal with the likes of tricky fish skin and spongy bones.

3.9 Raw Chicken Scraps

Evergrind E202 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal Raw Chicken Scraps Test
1.12 ounces of crushed chicken bone, shredded tendon, and fatty tissue on digital scale on granite-looking top.
1.63 ounces of crushed chicken bone and cartilage, and shredded tendon and meat on digital scale on granite-looking top.
1.37 ounces of shredded fatty tissue and broken cartilage from chicken scraps on digital scale on granite-looking top.
Input Load
7.4 oz (210 g)
Time
3 min
Layer 1
1.1 oz (32 g)
Layer 2
1.6 oz (46 g)
Leftovers
1.4 oz (39 g)

Somehow, the Evergrind managed to do much better with raw chicken bones. The brittle hollow bones and their natural crunchiness are prone to breakage and certainly no match for strong metal. Slippery and flexible materials remained challenging for the E202 in particular, and all mid to low-tier models in general.

7.5 Design

Similar to the InSinkErator Badger 5, the Emerson E202 is strong with a full-metal construction. The heavy housing may be heavy, but it is built to last. The disposal has a large capacity for a 1/2-hp unit, yet is compact in cabinets under the sink.

In the Box

Emerson Evergrind E202 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal with 3-Bolt Mount, box, register slip, user manual, stopper, elbow tube, rubber gasket, flange, bolts, and wrench.
  • Emerson Evergrind E202 Garbage Disposal
  • 3-Bolt Mount assembly 
  • Stopper
  • Discharge tube
  • Flange and bolts
  • Wrench
  • Documentation

The Emerson Evergrind E202’s box includes the standard accessories commonly found with garbage disposals, and an exclusive self-service tool called the Jam-Buster wrench. The packaging contains a product registration slip and a user manual, both of which are in English, Spanish, and French.

Dimensions

Emerson Evergrind E202 with mount assembly and elbow tube. Showing 6.3-inch width, 11.5-inch height, 3.5-inch depth to dishwasher outlet, 6.6-inch depth to outlet, 4.8-inch distance to elbow tube.
Length
4.8" (12.2 cm)
Width
6.3" (16.0 cm)
Height
11.5" (29.2 cm)
Weight
12.1 lbs (5.5 kg)

One of the Evergrind E202’s strengths is its compact build that should fit comfortably in most sink cabinets. Just make sure that the sink base is robust and secure before mounting the disposal because the disposal can be a bit heavy for certain setups.

Mount Assembly

3-Bolt Mount assembly for garbage disposals placed on white platform with stopper in position.
3-Bolt Mount assembly for garbage disposals placed on white platform with stopper in position.
Backup flange, mounting ring, snap ring, fiber gasket, cushion mount, sink flange, stopper, lower mounting ring.
  • Backup flange
  • Mounting ring
  • Snap ring
  • Fiber gasket
  • Cushion mount
  • Sink flange
  • Stopper
  • Lower mounting ring

The Evergrind E202 is fit for 3-Bolt mounting sets. Most of the pieces in the 3-Bolt are composed of metal, so it's strong, yet its design is more complex in comparison to the EZ system. In any case, to separate and reassemble the 3-Bolt you will need a screwdriver at least, while for the EZ you only need your hands.

Power Cord

Bottom view of Emerson Evergrind E202 1/2 HP garbage disposal without power cord.
Length
NaN" (NaN cm)
Type
N/a

The standard version of the E202 doesn’t have a pre-installed power cord.

Accessories: Discharge Set

Standard outlet/discharge set for garbage disposals on white top, showing elbow pipe, rubber gasket, flange, and bolts.
Width
3.3" (8.3 cm)
Length
5.3" (13.3 cm)
Material
PVC

The kit for the discharge outlet includes a 1.5-inch elbow tube with a rubber gasket, plus a set of flanges and bolts. The bolts have slotted hex heads that are 3/8 inches.

Accessories: Wrenchette

Wrenchette/Jam-buster wrench for garbage disposals, displayed on granite-looking top.
Width
NaN" (NaN cm)
Length
5.0" (12.7 cm)
Material
Metal

Like other InSinkErator garbage disposals, the Evergrind E202 comes with a jam buster wrench, also called a wrenchette, for installation and unjamming purposes.

6.5 Grind Chamber

Top view of grinding components in Emerson Evergrind E202 looking at layout of flywheel and impellers.
Top view of grinding components in Emerson Evergrind E202 looking at layout of flywheel and impellers.
Precutter/grater ring in Emerson Evergrind E202 showing layout of cutters and grinding teeth.
Grinding components in Emerson Evergrind E202 showing design of flywheel and impeller(s).
Capacity
32 fl.oz.
Verticality
4.5" (11.4 cm)
Flywheel
5.3" (13.3 cm)
Assembly Material
Basic
Layout
Galvanized steel

The Badger 5 offers a larger holding capacity (up to 32 fluid ounces) than many other small garbage disposals. Unfortunately, the unit is quite limited in vertical space due to its lack of a detachable sink baffle. The chamber only houses basic grinding components made mostly from galvanized steel, which is not as durable as stainless steel edges.

7.0 Motor

A digital tachometer is measuring the speed of the motor/flywheel of the Evergrind E202 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal in our speed test. A smartphone is running the timer app.
Horsepower
1/2
Speed
1725 RPM
Real Speed
1474 RPM
Voltage
120 V (60 Hz)
Current
6.3 A
Wattage
756 W
Heat
N/a
Reverse
No

The Evergrind E202 1/2 HP runs on an induction motor, which is said to reach 1725 revolutions per minute (RPM). However, when measured with a laser tachometer, it only managed to spin at 1480 RPM. 

Induction motors are naturally slower and run hotter than permanent magnet motors (like the one in the GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP). In particular, the E202 has overheated more than once since we first started testing our collection. Induction disposals can be extra prone to jamming or overheating when dealing with more stubborn food scraps, even more so when you increase the amount.

8.5 Build Quality

Evergrind E202 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal, with 3-Bolt Mount assembly on top and outlet/discharge set in place.
Noise Reduction
No
Vibration Reduction
No

The E202’s casing parts are securely fastened together with screws, in addition to being sealed with adhesive. It does not feature any noise-reducing or vibration-dampening which is expected from standard InSinkErator models. The galvanized steel inside might not be the best option, but it’s cost-effective. 

All that said, the disposal delivering poor results in performance evaluation had us questioning the motor’s quality.

7.6 Usability

The data we collected, especially the results in the Scrap Mix test, suggests that even common scraps in normal amounts could potentially give the Emerson Evergrind E202 a hard time. In specs, the disposal is a promising unit if it wasn’t for the machine’s disappointing motor.

8.0 Ease of Use

The Evergrind E202 doesn’t offer much of anything besides robust construction and comfortable holding capacity. Its limited verticality and lack of a removable splash guard also affect the overall experience.

8.0 Installation

The disposal is compact but it packs quite a lot of weight. The installation process can be easy or challenging depending on how familiar you are with the 3-bolt mounting system. There is a lot of useful information in the installation guide, so check it out if it’s your first time.

7.0 Smooth Operation

The Evergrind E202 is not a subtle machine nor is it a strong one. It’s loud yet not as strong as it appears. You should go easy on it, starting with easy-to-grind food like fruits or root vegetables; fibrous veggies can be tricky in large amounts, and of course, no fruit pits or bones (even hollow ones).

5.0 Unjam Mechanics

Bottom view of Evergrind E202 1/2-hp garbage disposal showing jam buster wrench in manual unjam slot.
External
Yes
Auto Unjam
No

The E202, akin to the other Insinkerator disposers, features an external unjam mechanism on the bottom of the machine.

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